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(jay az uh ni' uh) Personal name meaning, “Yahweh hears.” 1. Member of party led by Ishmael who opposed Gedaliah after the Babylonians made him governor over Judah following their destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. Jaazaniah may also have been in Ishmael's party that assassinated Gedaliah (2 Kings 25:23-25 ). His name has a slightly different spelling in Jeremiah 40:8 . See Ezekiel 8:11 ). His father Shaphan may have been the counselor of Josiah (2 Kings 22:1 ).

If so, the son did not imitate the faithful father. 3. A government official whom Ezekiel accused with his associates of giving wicked advice. His name in Hebrew is an abbreviated form of Jaazaniah. 4. The same abbreviated Hebrew name belonged to a Rechabite whom Jeremiah used as an example of faithful obedience to God (Jeremiah 35:3 ). See Rechabite.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Jaazaniah'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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